IN the third article we discussed developing the horse’s rideability and the reliability of the aids. Practising your skills until your performance is repeatable consistently will greatly increase your chances of good competition safety and success.

I hope this series has illustrated how competing horses is not about narrow focused competition obsession. Competing is merely a snapshot of where your training is at that moment in time. Progressing the training of the horse and rider with continual improvement should be the goal of all training regardless of level.